Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. Moss Wood are endowed with the most splendid vineyards. Each block has particular traits which come together in the final assemblage to construct the definitive Moss Wood style. The youthful generosity of this rich cepage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc and Petit Verdot is very appealing and there will be a temptation to consume it young. To satisfy their curiosity, the Moss Wood team sampled a bottle of 1980 and are delighted to report that at thirty one years of age, it's in great shape, still retaining some primary notes.
There are five different Cabernet vineyards at Moss Wood, every section of each is picked separately as it comes into maturity. The blocks are literally only metres apart but there are sufficient differences in soil, aspect and altitude for them to show unique flavours. All grapes are hand picked and destemmed into open fermenters. The must is seeded with a pure yeast culture and vinified to a maximum of 28C. Each batch is hand plunged up to four times daily and remains on skins up to eighteen days until the finest balance is achieved. After pressing and settling, the wines are racked to barrel for malolactic, followed by a further racking, adjustment and maturation in a selection of 225 litres French oak barriques.
Deep brick red. Mulberry and red currant aromas are given significant lift by pretty notes that can be traced back to the early autumn. Cabernet's rose-like and pomegranate scents are not often retained but in this wine they help the nose fill the glass. Characteristic dark chocolate, earth and leather complexities as well as spicy, toasty oak. Fully ripened fruit flavours of mulberry and raspberry, generous and long, on a note of lengthy tannins and fine oak.